“Words have power in matters of life and death and those who love them will savor their fruit.”
Words are seeds when planted create good or evil. When a person is told that he or she cannot succeed because of his skin color, gender, or family’s income over and over again that person will believe it particularly if the words are repeated over a prolonged period of time.
There are words that are written in letters and spoken in the heat of passion that once released are instantly regretted. It may be how a person really feels but the consequences cause such pain for the hearer that it can destroy his potential.
Even the words we think have consequences; “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34-partial text) We do what we believe, we believe what we think in our hearts. When you want to know why you are doing what you are doing listen to yourself speak.
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37 NKJV
Arguments and fights begin with something said that was not received well, once words are released they cannot be easily undone. Apologies do not always undo the harm that was caused by words. Just because a person deletes a tweet, edits a Facebook post or makes a correction on a news article does not guarantee the designated target audience is aware of the retraction. How can you apologize if the person will not answer the telephone or your letter is returned unopened. We speak life or we speak death; our words are justified or our words are condemning.
Perception has a big influence in the words spoken. The President of the United States of America- Barak H. Obama- talks about racism in America. He ignores the large number of non-Black Americans who voted for him and still support him. People of color who attend predominantly Black churches (99% or more) speak of their style of praise and worship as if non-Blacks do not do things correctly. White people are often surprised when they see an accomplished Black person and go out of their way to mention names like: Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Justice Clarence Thomas or Lt. Col. Allen West, to prove that they are not racist. Non-Americans refuse to let go of their cultures not wanting to be like what America has become. We all see divisions and our words reflect what we see as a solution.
“My people perish for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the laws of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Scripture teaches us that the children of God perish because they have rejected the word of God. America cannot change until the words of her people change, specifically Christians. The wisdom and knowledge found in Scripture has been disregarded and replaced with the rhetoric of politically correct anti-Christ individuals.
This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values with an appreciation for those who are different. What we see see today is the promotion of hurtful, hate filled words.
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph